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  • emPoliticoem Discussion on Supreme Court Ruling in emKing v Burwellem
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    Supreme Court Ruling in King v. Burwell

    Policy analysts talked about the implications of the Supreme Court’s decision the previous week in King v. Burwell, which upheld tax subsidies for insurance purchased through federally-run…

  • Discussion on Medicare and Upcoming Changes to Payments for Doctors
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    Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate

    Panelists talked about the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, also known as “doc fix,” for paying doctors who treat Medicare patients. Panelists included the Center for Medicare and Medicaid…

  • Report on Improving Health in America
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    Early Childhood Health Care

    Mark McClellan and Alice Rivlin led a discussion on improving health care. Among the topics addressed were investing in early childhood health care, integrating community development with…

  • Health Care Spending
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    Health Care Spending

    Panelists talked about both long-term overall health care spending and spending on programs such as medicare. They also proposed solutions for slowing down spending on both.

  • Experts Examine Medicare Cost Sharing Proposals
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    Medicare Cost Reduction

    Panelists detailed new proposals to lower federal Medicare spending through cost sharing. Plans included streamlining deductibles, combining Medicare’s Part A on hospital coverage and Part…

  • Health Care Law Implementation
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    Health Care Law Implementation

    Panelists talked about challenges related to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the health care law, which was to be fully enacted in 2014. Topics included states' roles, the…

  • Medicare Policy
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    Medicare Policy

    Medicare experts gave an overview of the Medicare program to congressional staffers. The program began with a 7-minute video on the history and evolution of Medicare. Among the topics the…

  • Career of Senator Bob Dole
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    Career of Senator Bob Dole

    Panelists talked about the career of Senator Bob Dole. He served in the Senate for 27 years and resigned during his unsuccessful presidential run in 1996. Among the topics they addressed…

  • Debt Reduction Task Force
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    Debt Reduction Task Force

    The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) launched its Debt Reduction Task Force, led by former Senator Pete Domenici and Dr. Alice Rivlin, with budget experts, business and labor leaders, stakeholders,…

  • StarSpangled Banner Conservation
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    Star-Spangled Banner Conservation

    The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History held a special briefing to announce the completion of the Star-Spangled Banner conservation treatment and plans for a major building…

  • Safety of FDA Approved Drugs
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    Safety of FDA Approved Drugs

    The National Academies Institute of Medicine holds a meeting on the safety of FDA approved drugs. The Food and Drug Administration had asked the Institute of Medicine to assess the current…

  • Smithsonian Institution Operations
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    Smithsonian Institution Operations

    Witnesses testified about Smithsonian Institution operations and plans to collaborate with the Showtime cable network on various programming through a Smithsonian-on-Demand channel. Among…

  • National Museum of African American History
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    National Museum of African American History

    Smithsonian officials announced the selection of space on the National Mall as the site for the National Museum of African American History and Culture. They said the vote was not unanimous…

  • Air and Space Museum Dedication Ceremony
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    Air and Space Museum Dedication Ceremony

    Vice President Cheney and others participated in a dedication ceremony for the Smithsonian Institution’s latest museum of aircraft and space artifacts near Dulles International Airport.

  • LongTerm Care Financing
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    Long-Term Care Financing

    Ms. Woodruf spoke about long-term health care financing and her experience as a mother with a disabled son. Following her remarks she answered questions from members of the audience.

  • Dedication of Smithsonian September 11 Exhibit
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    Dedication of Smithsonian September 11 Exhibit

    Participants spoke at a dedication for a new exhibit featuring items related to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. The exhibit, which would open the next day, was titled…

  • State and Federal Perspectives on Expanding Health Coverage
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    State and Federal Perspectives on Expanding Health Coverage

    Participants talked about the need for health care reform and how to better insure Americans through either state or federal regulations. In his remarks Representative Armey predicted that…

  • Women in American Political Life Panel 2
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    Women in American Political Life Panel 2

    Panelists reflected on the strides women had made in the past 50 years noting that women’s issues had begun to define political agendas today. They also discussed the challenges which still…

  • The White House and Congressional Relations
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    The White House and Congressional Relations

    The panelists discussed what the new members of Congress must do to work well with the White House. They looked back at history to consider how the Congress interacted with the White House.

  • Unemployment Rise in Minority Population
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    Unemployment Rise in Minority Population

    Secretary Herman talked about the low U.S. unemployment rate and the increase in the number of jobs. She stated that we have the first balanced budget in over a generation because of President…

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